For me, innovation involves change, transformation, risk, learning from your mistakes and learning from others. Above all, I believe innovation must be based on leadership and methodology. As I am passionate about emotional education, I think this area should also be used to drive innovation, as should emotional and digital skills.
From an educational perspective, I believe electronic devices should be able to help educators teach more and in a more effective way. There are now four major types of learning opportunities called "electronic learning", one of which is online learning. There are two others that I think are very important; "mobile learning", which involves mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and how to include the use of these electronic devices in classes to aid learning, and "ubiquitous learning", which is an intriguing educational method that people talk about nowadays.
We have to make a distinction between misuse, abuse and addiction where these technologies and electronic devices are concerned. Misuse is an occasional ill-advised use of technology that occurs on an almost anecdotal basis, such as sending an inconsiderate message on WhatsApp, or posting a comment on social media. Clearly however, when misuse becomes abuse, teachers, educators and parents need to be aware of what's going on. Sometimes, it reaches a point where the line separating abuse from addiction is very slim. For example, when a child plays games on their cell phone or games console, they might become more argumentative and start to tell lies. Their school work may suffer and they will retreat to their bedrooms. They will spend less time with friends and family and share fewer experiences with others. They might also suffer eating and sleep disorders. There are many signs that an abuse of technology is becoming an addiction; however, they won't all appear at once. In reality, there's no such thing as addiction, only addicts, and when it becomes clear that someone really is an addict, they'll need help from a professional. That said, I think these are extreme cases, and what we're dealing with at the moment is somewhere between misuse and abuse. Hence, the importance of digital education and learning about what it is so we can provide the best opportunities to the people we love the most, such as your children and my students.